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Crosskeys hairdressing students support Solas

Crosskeys hairdressing students support Solas

Coleg Gwent hairdressing students have been working with local charity Solas which provides a range of services for people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk of homelessness.  
The students from Crosskeys Campus have been visiting sheltered accommodation since January covering Newport, Pontypool, Merthyr, and Ystrad Mynach, to give haircuts and hair care services. 
Lecturer Tammy Wheeler said: “The students wanted to help the disadvantaged and give something back to the community, so we have been working with a charity called Solas. They support different types of sectors, including drug rehabilitation, family support, alcohol treatment and accommodation support.”
Within Coleg Gwent an enrichment scheme called Cash4Change allows students to apply for funding for projects which benefit the local community or environment, or improves student life in college. The hairdressing students were successful in gaining funding to produce and hand out gift bags which contained the everyday things we take for granted, like small toiletries.
The Cash4Change scheme is administered by the College and the Coleg Gwent Students’ Union and to gain funding students must attend a panel interview where they also give a pitch presentation on their proposal.
Head of school, Helen Lawless said: “This project will form part of the students’ Welsh Baccalaureate qualification but it benefits everyone involved. Not only did the students use their hairdressing skills to make people look and feel good, but the students developed employability skills including team working and good communication.” 
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